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Gayatri Mantra opens ‘Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada’ 1 August , 2011

Christians (various denominations), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, Baha’is, and others, besides sharing food, music, prayers, a “Peace Cake”, etc., attempted to find similarities between their diverse traditions at second annual “Heal the World Interfaith Picnic of Nevada”. Adina Richman Karst, Coordinator of this Picnic, plans to carry on this tradition in future.

Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed opened the picnic with Gayatri Mantra, considered the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, and prayers from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita; ancient Hindu scriptures.

Participants, who included clergy as well as congregations, helped the less fortunate by donating food items to area food bank Friends in Service Helping. Clergy and spiritual leaders addressed the picnic goers on helping others, “treating others as we want to be treated”, etc. A raffle for gift baskets was held to support charities Carson City Animal Shelter, the Wildland Fuels Reduction Project, and Heifer International. Various area church choirs performed in this Picnic held at Carson City Mills Park.

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Hindu and Episcopal leaders engage in dialogue in Utah 13 July , 2011

Nevada (US), July 10: In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Episcopal Bishop of Utah Rt. Rev. Scott B. Hayashi met in Salt Lake City (Utah, USA) on July 7 and had a dialogue.

 Meeting in Episcopal Diocese of Utah, two leaders discussed various topics, including harmonious living, dialogue, overcoming prejudices, love-compassion-respect-trust, finding common ground, etc. Executive Director of Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable Dr. Rev. Canon W. Ivan Cendese also participated.

Zed presented copies of Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), ancient Hindu scripture, to Bishop Hayashi and Rev. Cendese.

Zed, who is the president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment. In our shared exploration for truth, we should learn from each other and thus come nearer to the truth.

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“Gayatri Mantra” Concludes Religious Leadership Seminar at Hartford Seminary in USA 16 June , 2011

Nevada (US), June 16: Weeklong “Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World” seminar ended with “Gayatri Mantra”, the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, at Hartford Seminary (Connecticut, USA).

 Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who participated in the seminar, read the benediction in Sanskrit from Rig-Veda, Upanishads, and Bhagavad-Gita; all ancient Hindu scriptures; and then translated into English. Participants repeated the Gayatri Mantra after Zed.

Reading from Brahadaranyakopanishad, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, said “Asato ma sad gamaya, Tamaso ma jyotir gamaya, Mrtyor mamrtam gamaya”, which he then translated as “Lead me from the unreal to the Real, Lead me from darkness to Light, and Lead me from death to Immortality.”

 

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Hindu and Catholic leaders engage in dialogue in Connecticut 13 June , 2011

Nevada (US), June 13: In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed and Roman Catholic Archbishop Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell met in Hartford (Connecticut, USA) and had a dialogue.

Meeting in Archdiocese of Hartford, two leaders discussed living together harmoniously as communities with seriously different traditions, etc., and agreed that more interfaith dialog was needed at both organization and individual levels among various religions/denominations aiming at deriving at a common ground. We should listen to each other from the dimensions of love, compassion, and respect; it was stressed.

Rajan Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that dialogue brings us reciprocal enrichment. In our shared exploration for truth, we should learn from each other and thus come nearer to the truth.

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Rajan Zed receives Interfaith Leadership Award 1 June , 2011

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Esteemed religious statesman Rajan Zed has bagged the ‘Northern Nevada Interfaith Leadership Award’. Citation of the award, presented on May 31 at Reno (Nevada, USA) by Dave Asher, Executive Director of Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-Op and Green Chamber of Commerce, said: “to Inter-Religious Statesman Rajan Zed for his leadership efforts to create trust and mutual loyalty among various faith traditions in the region. We recognize his achievements through dialog and building a cohesive and harmonious community and offering Spiritual Enrichment to the region, country and world.”

“We are proud to present this award,” said Asher while presenting the award to Zed.

Zed has taken up religion, interfaith, Hinduism, environment, Roma and other causes all over the world. He has read opening prayers in US Senate, various state senates and houses of representatives, counties and city councils all over USA.

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Hindus welcome Church of Scotland’s interfaith gestures 27 May , 2011

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Nevada (US), May 27: Hindus have welcomed Church of Scotland’s efforts to extend the friendly hand for interfaith dialogue towards various religious traditions.

Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement I Nevada (USA) on Friday said that “it was a step in the right direction”

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that all religions should work together for a just and peaceful world. Dialogue would bring us mutual enrichment, Zed added

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Hindus welcome launch of interfaith Claremont Lincoln University in California 23 May , 2011

Nevada (US), May 22 (ANI): Hindus have welcomed launching of multi-religious Claremont Lincoln University (CLU) in Claremont in southern California (USA), calling it a “step in the right direction”.

Established with a $50 million gift from a Christian couple, Joan and David Lincoln, its cofounding institutions include Claremont School of Theology (United Methodist), Academy of Jewish Religion-California, and Islamic Center of Southern California. It will offer doctorate and masters’ degrees and classes will begin with Fall 2011 semester. Tagline of this historic new model is “A new university for the world we live in”.

Commending this effort to bring various religions together and finding common ground, esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Sunday, said that religion was the most powerful, complex and far-reaching force in our society, so we must take it seriously. And we all knew that religion comprised much more than our own particular tradition/experience.

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Hindu statesman Zed to participate in Hartford Seminary’s Religious Leadership seminar 20 May , 2011

Nevada (US), May 20: Esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed will partake in the “Religious Leadership in an Interfaith World” seminar of prestigious Hartford Seminary from June six to 10.

About 30 religious leaders from all over USA, including one from Switzerland, will be attending this seminar, who include Christian (various denominations), Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, etc. This maiden seminar of the Seminary will reportedly become its annual feature.

Well known ethicist Dr. Lucinda Allen Mosher will coordinate this seminar.

Other speakers include Dr. David A. Roozen, Director of Hartford Institute for Religious Resear h; Dr. Tmur R. Yuskaev, Director of Islamic Chaplaincy Program of Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations; and Dr. Yehezkel Landau, Director of the Building Abrahamic Partnerships. It will reportedly include field trips also.

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Hindus commend Kazakhstan on plans for inter-religious relations center 18 May , 2011

Nevada (US), May 17: Hindus have applauded Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s reported proposal of establishing a Center for Study of Interethnic and Interreligious Relations.

According to reports, this Center will conduct study and research on various aspects of inter-ethnic accord, tolerance, and inter-religious relations and shall train the state employees in these spheres.

Calling it a “step in the right direction”, esteemed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Tuesday, pointed out that serious and honest interfaith dialogue in the world was the need of the hour.

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Hindus laud Ukraine for taking lead in interfaith dialogue 18 April , 2011

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Nevada (US), April 18: Hindus have applauded Ukraine for its reported announcement of hosting an annual international interfaith conference involving leaders of major religions to be called “Kyiv Interfaith Forum”.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described it as a “step in the right direction”. He urged other countries of the world to organize similar interreligious forums as “serious and honest interfaith dialogue was the need of the hour”.

According to reports, this Ukraine Forum will reportedly address global and local humanitarian conflicts through dialogue and mutual respect, become a place for dialogue between leaders of various religions, and provide a venue for discussion on the issues of coexistence of different religious communities. READ MORE